The big smile says it all. Kanthasuvami Nallathamby struggles for words when you ask him if he likes New Zealand but his beaming smile provides the answer.
A Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka, Kanthasuvami came to New Zealand in 2013 and now runs a successful business, Roti Variety, based in Stokes Valley.
He features in Taste of Cultures, a Red Cross book highlighting the wide variety of foods that refugees have introduced into our diet.
English is a struggle for Kanthasuvami, who spent six years in a refugee camp in Thailand before coming to New Zealand.
"At the time my country was at war, fighting, that was a real problem for us"
A chef in his home country, he has a passion for cooking and enjoys getting a positive reaction to his food.
"I love to satisfy people through food and it's even better if I can make a living out of it."
Stokes Valley is not somewhere you would expect to find a refugee selling roti, dosa, samba and traditional Sri Lankan curries.
From Tuesday to Friday Kanthasuvami sells takeaways from his Glen Rd shop, and over the weekend he is to be found at the Hutt's Riverbank Market and the Night Market in Wellington.
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